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Sensing Space Lab is a laboratory established in the School of Architecture at Hanyang University (Seoul) and conducts convergent research to develop new spatial design theories by integrating various disciplines such as Sensing Architecture, Design Computing & Cognition, Human-Computer Interaction and Design Studies and Housing Studies.

Sensing Architecture


Affective  Computing 

Human-Building Interaction 

Virtual Office



Collaborative Work 
Design Creativity 


Design Thinking
Augmented Reality 
Virtual Reality 


Tangible User Interfaces
Smart City 

Health Smart Home 


Smart Community 

Sensing space lab  research 

The Impact of Tangible User Interfaces on Spatial Cognition During Collaborative Design.

Mi Jeong Kim and Mary Lou Maher (2008)

Design Studies, 29(3), 222–253 (SCIE)


The use of tangible user interfaces in new design environments promises to facilitate the designers' interaction with the design model. In order to clarify the impact of tangible user interfaces we compare the design protocols of collaborative design sessions using a tabletop system and tangible user interface (TUI) with a typical keyboard/mouse/display graphical user interface (GUI) to identify changes in designers' spatial cognition. We focussed on design collaboration because many tabletop systems are intended to support designers in communicating and developing a shared model of the design. The results reveal that the use of TUIs changed designers' spatial cognition, and that these changes affected the design process by increasing their ‘problem-finding’ behaviours leading to creative design.

Augmented Reality in Built Environment:

Classification and Implications for Future Research.

Xiangyu Wang, Mi Jeong Kim, Peter E.D. Love and Shih-Chung Kang (2013)

Automation in Construction, 32, 1–13 (SCIE)


Augmented Reality (AR) has the potential to change how people interact and experience their surrounding environment. During the last decade a considerable amount of research has been undertaken within the built environment. With this in mind, this paper aims to provide a state-of-the-art review of mainstream
studies undertaken between 2005 and 2011 within the normative literature. We found that a total of 120 articles were published in the normative built environment literature within this period. Articles were classified according to their concept and theory, implementation, evaluation (effectiveness and usability) and industrial adoption. The classification of the literature has enabled gaps in the AR literature to be identified and future research directions to be proposed.

Health Smart Home Services incorporating a MAR-based Energy Consumption Awareness System.

Mi Jeong Kim, Ju Hyun Lee, Xiangyu Wang and Jeong Tai Kim (2015). Journal of Intelligence

Journal of Intelligence Robotics System 79, 523-535(SCIE)


 Health smart homes would enable people suffering from various diseases and handicaps to live an autonomous lifestyle in their own residences. The concept of the health smart home emphasizes ‘aging in place’, where residents enjoy a healthy independent life in their own homes as they become older. While energy saving is one of the crucial issues to be addressed in domestic buildings, there is little research into household energy consumption in health smart homes. This paper identifies each variable’s implications for health smart home services and highlights its application to energy consumption awareness. We also introduce Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) to simulate energy consumption awareness in health smart homes. Firstly, the research proposes a framework for constructing health smart home services with a focus on the practicability of each variable from the perspective of supporting user experience in home settings. Rather than address each variable in isolation, we consider comprehensive issues in terms of service effectiveness in supporting a healthy life at home. Additionally, the innovative MAR application associated with energy use is presented as a new solution for household energy consumption awareness. The proposed application will be a basis for the perspectives of future research directions on health smart home services.

Sensing Space Lab Representative Papers